Original article from Kent Live
Loose Women viewers have praised Janet Street-Porter for her “honesty” about her parents.
Today (July 27), the ITV panel show saw Janet discussing parental pride with co-stars Kaye Adams, Brenda Edwards, and Coleen Nolan.
The conversation came after Team GB Olympic Gold medalist Tom Daley discussed his big win, but happening without his late father being there to see it despite having been Tom’s “biggest cheerleader”.
While Coleen noted that she often wished her parents could have seen a number of big milestones in her life, as did Brenda whose parents sadly died when she was four years old, Janet did not feel the same.
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When asked by Kaye if she thought that way, Janet answered: “Not really, no. When my parents died I’d had quite a level of success by then but my mother was telling me that she could’ve done it better or blah blah blah."
Janet revealed that one of her chat show colleagues was once told by her mother: “Well I don’t know why you think she’s any good, and by the way, I cook a very good Sunday lunch why don't you come round?”
Janet referred to her mother as “competitive” despite recognising that her parents were proud of her.
She said they were “quite distant” from the more “intimate” details of her life.
“I’m living my life because I’ve done it,” she noted and not for “validation” of others.
Janet recognised that she had a close circle of friends who had been those closest to her in her life since leaving her family home and were her “rock”.
The journalist also called her mother a “hypocrite” for despite calling Janet an “embarrassment” said that she could “do it better”.
Janet concluded: “A lot of people think, ‘Alright, thank you Mum and Dad, you’ve brought me up’, but from the minute I left home my friends are absolutely my family.”
Naturally, viewers of the ITV panel show were quick to share their views on the show, with many praising Janet’s honesty on the matter.
One Loose Women viewer penned: “ #loosewomen i actually agree with janet for once, i have neither parents in my life and they have said and done horrid things to me. Im only 18 and my friends really have become my family, and family is not defined by DNA!”
A different fan of Janet’s commented: “I love Janet she’s just so honest #LooseWomen".
Meanwhile, one fan of the panel show noted: “Yes Janet sometimes friends are your family. #loosewomen".
Elsewhere, one admirer of Janet’s wrote: “Janet Street Porter’s mother sounds exactly like mine #loosewomen”.
Finally, one Loose Women viewer concluded: “ #LooseWomen I agree with Janet why should be parents reap the benefits of your success when they didn’t give a t*** about you”.